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Peace prevails at lab animal science meeting

Animal rights activists show up, but Seattle gathering concludes without major scuffles

Alison McCook(abmccook@yahoo.com)

Local officials and meeting organizers prepared for protests and possible violence at the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) meeting that concluded yesterday (October 16) in Seattle. And while protesters did appear at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center and at the home of a University of Washington researcher, the demonstrations were small and relatively calm.

According to the Seattle Times, Seattle police had conducted safety checks of all nearby labs where animal testing occurs and identified regions that could serve as sites for terrorism. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also warned this week of a "drastic escalation in the use of violent tactics" in anti-biotechnology terrorism nationwide.

Over the weekend, members of the Northwest Animal Rights Network in Seattle organized demonstrations near the convention center, site of the 54th annual AALAS meeting that opened Sunday (October 12). On Saturday, a handful of people also gathered in protest...

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